January 30, 1993
From the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage
The show starts off with still photos from the Royal Rumble as we learn that Bret Hart retained the Title and that Yokozuna won the Royal Rumble match.
We go to the announcers as they talk about the debut of Giant Gonzalez and how they were impressed.
This week in action are Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, High Energy, and Damien Demento. Plus, an interview with Jim Duggan and more!
Headshrinkers w/ Afa vs. Reno Riggins & Bobby Perez
Vince says we will see footage of Giant Gonzalez’s debut at the Rumble and brings up how Savage beat Repo Man on RAW and regained his hat while Perfect defeated Ric Flair to rid Flair from the WWF. Afa has a fish in his mouth that he bites as Samu shoves Riggins into the corner. The announcers talk about Bret and the opponents he might face prior to WrestleMania as Vince asks Lawler about him, with Lawler hating Bret. Savage talks about wanting Cleopatra as The Headshrinkers destroy Perez then Fatu puts Perez away with a top rope splash (2:32).
Thoughts: This match served as a backdrop for the announcers to tell us what happened at the Royal Rumble and on RAW. Also, Vince asking Lawler his thoughts about Bret and Lawler saying he hated Bret was curious. Vince also dropped hints on commentary of Bam Bam Bigelow and even Doink as being challengers but only the former was a regular house show opponent.
Bret is now live via satellite. Bret says he has a lot of challengers on his mind and can only take things one day at a time and will worry about Yokozuna when its time for WrestleMania. They are hinting now that Bret could drop the strap before WrestleMania due to all of the other title matches he will have prior to the PPV.
Tommy Knight vs. Damien Demento
Knight looks like he was plucked straight from a trailer park. Demento knocks down Knight as the announcers talk about Perfect having words for “The Narcissist” Lex Luger. Demento stays on the attack and even uses an Asiatic Spike then soon after that puts Knight away with a knee drop after adjusting his knee brace (1:56).
Thoughts: Since Demento is a lost cause the announcers spent the match hyping up the Mr. Perfect/Lex Luger feud.
An ad for the WWF Fan Club airs. Savage tells us what we get, which are a WWF collage and a cassette tape featuring theme music from various wrestlers. I don’t recall ever signing up for this myself.
Mr. Perfect vs. Louie Spicolli
Spicolli ducks underneath the ropes after hitting an elbow smash. We then see Lex Luger in an insert promo that zooms in on his face as he tells us the crowd at the Rumble never saw perfection like himself then calls out Perfect. Back to the match as Perfect takes control then puts Spicolli away with a Perfect Plex (1:55).
Thoughts: I always found it odd to see Perfect as a smiling babyface before hitting the Perfect Plex even if he was getting good reactions in the role. Anyway, they are going ahead with the Perfect/Luger feud now.
Shawn Michaels vs. Gary Jackson
No jacket for Shawn as he wears his red vest with his red leather pants. Shawn works a side headlock as the announcers talk about what happened at the Shawn vs. Marty Jannetty match at the Rumble. Jackson fights back and uses a monkey flip but tries it again and Shawn uses an inverted atomic drop. Sherri is shown in an insert promo saying Marty was the only person to come to her aid and will be beside Marty when he comes after Shawn. Back to the match as Shawn catches Jackson with a super kick before using a teardrop suplex for the win (1:55). The announcers then plug the WWF European tour, specifically the dates in Germany.
Thoughts: The story here is that Sherri is going to be by Marty’s side every time he goes up against Shawn. However, Marty had been fired before this aired so the storyline was dropped and Shawn needed to find a new challenger.
An ad for WrestleMania IX airs with it being billed as a family atmosphere.
Raymond Rougeau welcomes Hacksaw Jim Duggan to the interview platform. Duggan talks about being proud of this country but cannot stand for Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna (who Duggan called a few other similar names) putting down the Americans for making inferior products to the Japanese. Its like someone showed Vince “Gung Ho” on VHS the week of this taping and the town hall meeting scene fired up his patriotism. And, Yokozuna was still billed as being from the Polynesian Islands despite Fuji coming out with the Japanese Flag and the two were not making anti-American statements like Duggan had mentioned. Duggan then challenges Yokozuna to bring his flag to the ring so he can knock him off his feet then wave the American flag because as long as he is alive he’ll attack then tells us to God Bless America. They manufactured a storyline to build heat for a Duggan/Yokozuna match.
High Energy vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Chuck West
Vince said there is a rumor of Todd Pettengill becoming the manager of High Energy. Thank Christ that never came to fruition. The announcers talk about Owen back in action after being attacked by Razor Ramon then Vince says that Crush will return to the ring in less than two weeks. Owen takes Brawler over with a hurricarana then works the arm. Koko tags in and hits a dropkick after a reversal sequence. Lawler puts over Doink, who will make his in-ring debut next week. Owen is back in and hits West with a snap suplex then soon after that High Energy with a missile dropkick/jackknife cover combo (2:26).
Thoughts: Lawler strongly put over Doink’s wrestling ability here. The other story was Owen returning after Razor’s attack and its clear Owen is the one on the team who is getting focused on and not Koko.
Dr. Fred Hatfield tells us about ICOPRO, which is the result of years of scientific research that can help build muscle mass and definition along with endurance to go along with proper diet and exercise. Fun fact: Dr. Hatfield’s nickname was “Dr. Squat” and he was one of the first men to squat over 1,000 lbs. He ended up passing away in 2017 and you can read about him here
We see the clip of Giant Gonzalez debuting at the Royal Rumble to sell the Coliseum Home Video release of the PPV.
Bob Backlund vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
Vince talks about Harvey Whippleman bringing in Giant Gonzalez due to holding a grudge against Undertaker over what he did to Kamala. Backlund eludes Sharpe as Vince puts over his performance at the Royal Rumble. Sharpe bails after Backlund uses a few single leg takedowns then Backlund is shown in an insert promo putting over the Headlock on Hunger show. Sharpe returns and uses a full nelson but Backlund escapes. Sharpe then runs Backlund into the corner a few times but Backlund slides underneath and uses a bridging reverse rollup for the win (2:41). After the match, Lawler draws Howdy Doody on his Royal Magistrator to make fun of Backlund.
Thoughts: The focus was mostly on Giant Gonzalez and Lawler making fun of Backlund, whose babyface push remains a failure.
The Headlock on Hunger donation address appears on screen.
Razor Ramon vs. Pete Christie
Christie somewhat resembles Journey’s Steve Perry. Razor beats him down and hits a fallaway slam. Razor now stretches out Christie as Savage and Lawler argue on commentary. The announcers talk about Duggan’s challenge as Lawler laughs at his colleagues for thinking Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji would not accept the challenge then Razor hits the Razor’s Edge for the win (2:27).
Thoughts: An easy win for Razor and I agree with Lawler that it was dumb for Vince & Savage to think that Yokozuna & Fuji would be scared to accept Duggan’s challenge. The guy went toe-to-toe with the biggest men in the Rumble and showed no fear then so why be afraid of Duggan?
Mike McGuirk is in the ring to inform us that Shawn Michaels has left the building.
In action next week are Bam Bam Bigelow, Doink the Clown, and the Nasty Boys.
The show ends with Yokozuna & Fuji accepts Duggan’s challenge. Vince bills this as Japan vs. United States.
Final Thoughts: They showed us the major fallouts from the Royal Rumble and a brief recap of RAW. We also got wind of the top TV feuds (One of them was dropped due to a firing) but this contrived Duggan/Yokozuna stuff is dated and insulting. Anyway, we are on the Road to WrestleMania IX and should expect some of the matches to be named in the coming weeks.